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October 1, 2018 at 6:30 PM - Omaha Public Schools Board of Education and Educational Service Unit 19 Board Meeting

Agenda
A. OPS Board Of Education Information
Rationale: 

Notice to visitors: If you wish to speak, please obtain a “Request to be Heard” form from the entry table and return the completed form to the table attendant or the Board of Education Director.

The agenda will be kept current and available for public inspection in the office of the Secretary of the Board of Education at the Administrative Building during regular working hours. 

Board members may request specific agenda item(s) be moved to a different place on the agenda.  Please attend the entire meeting to ensure you hear discussion on a particular agenda item.

Pursuant to Section 84-1412 of the Nebraska Statutes, the public is hereby informed that a current copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act is posted in the Board meeting room on the north wall.

Agenda items are subject to reordering at discretion of the board president, please attend the entire meeting to ensure you're able to hear any discussion. If you would like to rehear any discussion, please listen to our podcast located on the District Web Page, district.ops.org.

B. Call to Order
C. Pledge of Allegiance
D. OPS Vision and Mission Statement
Rationale:  The Vision:  Every Student.  Every Day.  Prepared for Success.

The Mission:  Omaha Public Schools prepares all students to excel in college, career, and life.
E. Roll Call
E.1. Excused/Unexcused Absence
F. School Spotlight
Rationale:  Good evening Board President Snow, members of the Board, and Superintendent Dr. Logan. We are pleased to present Central High School’s Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Academic Team as tonight’s #OPSProud Spotlight.
In June, team members Alex Garabrandt, Anthony Bonner, Shar Soe, and Aidan Marhenke competed in the 2018 U.S. Army JROTC Academic Bowl Championship at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. The team finished in 18th place nationally out of more than 1,700 Army JROTC programs. The academic bowl consists of questions on the ACT exam and is timed.  We salute these students for their academic success at nationals and commend them for their hard work and preparation leading up to the competition. We now welcome Principal Dr. Bennett to the podium for remarks.
 
 
G. Board and Superintendent Communications
G.1. Superintendent
Attachments: (1)
G.2. Board Members
H. Public Comment and Recognition
I. Consent Agenda
Rationale:  At this time, any Board member may request that any item in the consent agenda be removed from the consent agenda and be considered and voted on separately. 
I.1. Reading of Minutes
I.1.a. Monday, September 17, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Attachments: (1)
I.2. Staff Adjustments
Attachments: (1)
I.3. Claims - School District of Omaha - Report A
Rationale:  It is recommended that the claims for the School District of Omaha be approved as presented by the Central Administrative Staff.

A.  CLAIMS A REPORT
Attachments: (4)
I.4. Claims - School District of Omaha - Report B
Rationale:  It is recommended that the claims for the School District of Omaha be approved as presented by the Central Administrative staff.

A.  CLAIMS B REPORT
Attachments: (1)
I.5. Claims - Educational Service Unit No. 19
Rationale:  It is recommended that the claims for Educational Service Unit No. 19 be approved as presented by the Central Administrative Staff.
Attachments: (1)
I.6. Committee on Claims Audit Approval 10/01/2018
Rationale:  The Committee on Claims met on 10/01/2018 and approved the audit of claims conducted by the Secretary to the Board of Education. 
Attachments: (1)
I.7. Grant Fund Budget Adjustments
Attachments: (2)
I.8. ESU No. 19 Administrator Position Contract and Future Expenses
Rationale:  Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-2401 to §79-2405, both the Superintendent's contract and the ESU No. 19 Administrator's contract must be approved by the Board and posted to the District website.
I.9. OPS Auction Results 2018
Attachments: (1)
I.10. Change Order No. 001 - Planetarium and Classroom Modifications - King Science Magnet Middle School
I.11. Change Order No. 001 - Relocatable Classroom Upgrades - Prairie Wind Elementary School
I.12. Certificate of Substantial Completion - Prairie Wind & King Science
I.13. Head Start Monthly Board Report
I.14. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title I, Part A - Grant, Nebraska Department of Education
Rationale:  Central Administrative Staff request approval to accept the Title I, Part A - Grant
This budget amendment, in the amount of $27,182,622.00 is for the period beginning of September 30, 2018 and ending September 30, 2019.  

 
I.15. Consulting Agreement with Cangas Company to Implement THRIVE Leadership Club
Rationale: 

Administration recommends approval of the Consulting Agreement with Cangas Company.  The purpose of the THRIVE Leadership Club is to increase graduation rate, improve school attendance, develop leadership within the school and community, and to improve college and career readiness.

THRIVE is offered throughout the school year 4-5 times per week at Central, Benson, Northwest, South and Nathan Hale.

Cangas Company is responsible for club meetings, leadership lesson design, and implementation of THRIVE events. OPS staff supports club logistics such as snack distribution and rosters, attendance and transportation. Transportation costs and extra pay for support staff are provided through the EL Office and/or individual school budgets.
 

Attachments: (1)
J. Discussion and/or Action Items
J.1. Action Item(s)
J.2. Information Item(s)
J.2.a. K-12 Comprehensive Math Plan
Rationale:  Curriculum Instruction and Support will provide an update on the K-12 Comprehensive Math Plan being implemented during the 18-19 school year. The OPS Math Task Force guidance, feedback, and recommendations on the plan is being utilized to lead this work. 
 
The math plan's mission is to prepare all students for success through equitable mathematics teaching and learning of the highest quality. In order for this to take place, teachers must believe all students can learn, create student centered classrooms, and engage students with high quality math instruction. To support building leaders and teachers in accomplishing this work, CIS is providing all principals, instructional leaders, and teachers with purposefully aligned, coherent, and high quality professional learning. 
 
J.2.b. Bond Program: Phase 2 - Project Schedule Update
Rationale:  Dr. Cheryl Logan and Jacobs will present an updated 2018 Bond Program Master schedule and strategies which OPS will utilize to maintain project schedules and completion dates.
 
J.2.c. Academic Calendar 2019-20 and 2020-21
Attachments: (3)
J.2.d. Policy 5423 - Non-Service Animals and Policy 5427 - Therapy Animals
K. Receipt of Reports
L. Request for Closed Session
Rationale:  The Omaha Board of Education is authorized by state statute to hold closed sessions.  Closed sessions may be held when clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual.  Reasons that meet this standard include but are not limited to:  (a) strategy sessions with respect to collective bargaining, real estate matters, pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body; (b) discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices; (c) investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct; (d) evaluation of the job performance of a person when necessary to prevent needless injury to the reputation of a person and if such person has not requested a public meeting; and (e) legal advice.

Explanation

At this point, it is appropriate for the Board to meet in closed session for one of the stated matters and/or any other permissible closed session matters in compliance with the law.

PROPOSAL:

That the Board hold a closed session:

1.  For strategy session with respect to negotiations/collective bargaining clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

2.  For strategy session with respect to property/real estate matters clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

3.  For strategy session with respect to pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

4.  For discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

5.  For investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6.  For personnel and the evaluation of job performance clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

7.  For discussions of the legal consequences of specific action and legal advice clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of  needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

 
M. Adjournment

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